Friday, September 22, 2017

Tips and Tricks, how to make pesto

Pesto, it's not a paste and not a sauce. It's on it's own level.

In this video, Chef Mark gives some great tips onto how to make your own pesto at home. He uses a food processor to cut up the Basil. Make the roasted garlic at 450 degrees for 45 minutes to get that amazing flavor.

Items used in pesto:
Roasted Garlic
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pine Nuts or Almonds
Cheese (optional)

What other items do you use to spruce up your pesto at home? Leave them in the comments section.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Make the Most of your Day: How to Fit Enjoyment Into Your Busy Life

Do you ever feel as though you are being pulled in about 20 different directions each day? You’re not alone- between work, family, housework, volunteer commitments, and church and school obligations, most of us run on all 8 cylinders every day, with little or no time left over to relax. While it is important to get it all done, it is just as vital to fit in time to enjoy life and appreciate the beauty of everyday living. Here are a few tips for fitting enjoyment and happiness into your life even when you feel like you have no time at all!

Take Five- Got five minutes? It may not feel like you do, but trust us- it’s worth it. A simple five-minute break to sit down with a cup of coffee and chat with a friend, do a crossword puzzle, or read a chapter of your book can greatly improve your mindset, which can propel you forward throughout the rest of your busy day with more motivation and willingness to tackle the less-pleasant tasks on your to-do list.

Listen to Your Body- Have you ever been so busy that you forgot to eat or even go to the bathroom? This can be extremely dangerous and lead to illness, fatigue and burnout. Take cues from your body to find out what it needs to keep going and stay healthy. A quick fruit- and veggie-packed smoothie can work wonders for a busy person on the go, as can a quick piece of fruit or a handful of protein-rich nuts. Treat your body right, and it will return the favor!

Prioritize- Feeling like you just can’t fit it all in? Maybe you can’t, and that’s OK! If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of tasks you have on your plate, lighten the load a little bit by prioritizing what needs to get done. Remember- it’s OK to say no to after-work commitments or outings you just don’t have the time or energy to do. Stick with what is most important to you and let the rest go- you’ll be glad you did!

Outsource if Possible- If there is something on your list that never seems to get done, don’t let it stress you out- if you can, delegate tasks to others who are willing to help you out. Maybe your spouse can get your children’s dinner ready while you tackle the bills, or perhaps a trusted friend or family member can help you get your household chores under control over a weekend. When all else fails, look into hiring a cleaning service, yard maintenance crew or laundry service if finances allow- you’ll be amazed how much better you will feel when your most dreaded task is off your list of things to do!

Got any other tips for living a calmer, more relaxed life? Let us know in the comments section.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Cooking with Chef Mark: How to Cut Potatoes Using Bridge Grip

Chef Mark is here today to teach you how to cut potatoes with his bridge grip knife tip. Make sure to bridge over your rounded vegetables like potatoes. Once you have cut the potato in half, use the flat side on the cutting board and use the forward rocking motion with your guide hand. Slice forward and make sure to make your cuts about the same length for even cooking times. You can use this method with other rounded or awkward shaped vegetables and fruit.

Leave a knife cutting question in the comments section to improve your knife skills.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

4 Most Common Reasons People Purchase a New Mattress

1. Tossing & Turning
Tossing & Turning can lead to many sleepless nights. The most common reason being the type of mattress you own. It can be to soft or too firm, causing pressure and making you uncomfortable. You may be sleeping too hot or too cold also impacting your sleep.

2. Partner Disturbance
Having a restless partner to share a bed with can easily effect your sleep. Traditional spring mattresses do not isolate the motion transfer from your partner moving as great as memory foam & pocketed coil mattresses do.

3. Body Impressions
Typically you sleep in the same spot night after night causing your mattress to compress & conform to your body making an impression of your body. This could happen due to low quality material & inexpensive components leading to a less comfortable sleep. 

4. Old Technology
There have been much advancement in mattress technology you may not be aware of. Older mattresses like spring mattresses are the most common types used but are arguably the worst for your sleep. Newer mattress technology like memory foam & latex is designed with the consumer in mind by ensuring a better night’s sleep through comfort & little to none motion transfer.

We recommend you purchase a new mattress every 8 years! Over the course of this time-frame your mattress accumulates weight due to dead skin cells and bugs! Who wants that?

Stop by one of our 16 locations to take the mattress test to see which mattress type is best for you. Have any questions about mattresses? Leave them in the comments section.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How to pick the right mattress

Buying a mattress is now a harder task then buying a car. So many options, features, and benefits. You have to find what works best for you. Here are the basic things to consider when you go out and shop for mattress:

1. What position do you mostly sleep in at night?
  • Side
  • Back
  • Stomach
  • Toss and turn

2. If you didn’t sleep on a bed where would you sleep?
  • Floor
  • Couch
  • Recliner
  • Air mattress

3. How long do you plan on keeping the mattress?
  • 1-4
  • 5-9
  • 10+

4. What type of quality are you looking for?
  • Basic
  • Standard
  • Premium
  • High End

These are all basic questions to consider when you are out looking. In the process of getting your new mattress, make sure the sales associate asks at minimum these questions if not more to ensure you get what exactly you need. Remember a mattress can be a long term financial investment as well as an investment in your future. The sleep benefits as well as the health benefits are often over looked when determining what mattress is best for you!

Do you have mattress questions in determining if you need a new mattress? Ask them in the comments section.